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The village of St Bees is just south of St Bees Head, the most westerly point of Cumbria, and 50 miles from the Scottish border. It's a small, friendly community with a population of about 1,800. It has a history going back over 1,000 years and has been a popular holiday destination for over 150 years.

It's well known for the Norman Priory dating from 1120 dedicated to our own Saint Bega (see logo above), for it's 400-year old school, and as the start of the Wainwright "Coast to Coast" Walk.

There is a large sandy beach with a promenade and visitor facilities, and to the north are the towering red sandstone cliffs of St Bees Head; which is the only Heritage Coast between Scotland and Wales and an important RSPB seabird reserve.

St Bees is only a few miles from the Lake District National Park which is now a UNESCO World Heritage site, so it's an ideal base to tour both the Western Lakes and the other attractions on the Cumbrian coast.

The menu at the left leads to over 400 pages and 600 images.....

See St Bees Community facebook page here........ Find us on Google maps here ..... See the Go Lakes video here....

St Bees Remembers: 1918 - 2018


Programme – November 2018

All events in the Priory Church unless otherwise indicated

Monday 5th to Thursday 8th at 10.00. a.m. and thereafter every hour, on the hour until 6.00 p.m. each day. Famous and less-well known poems read by parishioners on the theme of war.

Tuesday6 th: 7.30 p.m. “1918 – What else happened?” – A look at what other than war was going on; a talk by Anthony Payne.

Friday 9th: 10.00 a.m. Reading of poems by parishioners on the theme of war until midday.

Friday 9th: 7.30 .p.m. “All the King’s Horses”, a play by Gus Kennedy about the Great War.

Saturday 10th: 10.00. a.m. and hourly to 6.00 p.m. each day. Reading of poems by parishioners on the theme of war is completed.

Sunday 11th: 10.15 a.m. Laying of wreaths at St George and the Dragon memorial at the station, and the Celtic memorial by the lych gate. The bells of the Priory will be rung half-muffled during this time.

Sunday 11th 10.45 a.m. Remembrance Service in the Priory.

Sunday 11th 11.00 a.m. Remembrance Service in the Methodist Chapel led by the Fishing Stone music group.

Sunday 11th 3.00 p.m. Old Time Palace of Varieties with a tea. In aid of Armed Forces Benevolent Fund.

Sunday 11th 6.00 p.m. Reading of the roll of honour in the belfry. The bells will be rung half muffled, and the tenor tolled for each name. A short service in the ringing chamber for all to attend.

Wednesday 14th 8.00 p.m. The Art of the Great War – Arts Society, Whitelaw building St Bees School.

Monday 5th to Sunday 11th: A row of crosses will form a walkway into the priory; one for each who died from village and school. Also, the Priory will host an exhibition giving an account of those from the parish killed in the war.


Click here to visit our pages on Village and School war memorials and biographies of the fallen

Video of previous reading of the Roll of Honour


External links

For latest news and events see the St Bees community facebook page

Click here for live train arrival/departures at St Bees Station

For parish council briefing brochure see Welcome to St Bees

Travel update

The New timetable can be seen here


The West Cumberland Railway Museum

24 Main Street, St Bees.

This is a private museum, open one week every month.

General enquiries and group bookings outside of normal opening times to; petergrooke@btinternet.com

Click here for the Museum's Facebook page



St Bees School

St Bees School closed temporarily to pupils in 2015, but it wil be re-opening in September 2018.

Read the newsletters and website of the new school trustees here


Village in Bloom

Village in Bloom - If you would like to help the small band of volunteers which every year makes the village look marvellous, please contact Eileen Todd on 822522


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